Tigers Agree to Terms with Jarrod Saltalamacchia

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a one-year contract.

"Jarrod provides catching depth to our roster and is a veteran presence," said Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila. "As a switch hitter he adds some power from the left side of the plate. He will compete for a roster spot in spring training."

Saltalamacchia, 30, played for the Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, appearing in 79 games between the two teams. The 6-4, 235 lbs. switch-hitter posted a .225 (45x200) batting average with 26 runs scored, 15 doubles, nine home runs and 24 RBI. He hit .308 (8x26) as a pinch hitter, which ranked tied for 10th in the National League.

In nine seasons at the major league level with the Atlanta Braves (2007), Texas Rangers (2007-10), Boston Red Sox (2010-13), Miami Marlins (2014-15) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2015), Saltalamacchia has a .240 (619x2574) career batting average with 346 runs scored, 156 doubles, five triples, 98 home runs and 343 RBI. He was originally selected by the Braves in the first round (36th overall pick) of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

A native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Saltalamacchia and his wife, Ashley, have three daughters, Sidney, Hunter Riley and Sloane.

With the additions of Mike Pelfrey and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Tigers 40-man roster now stands at 39.